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International celebrities, academics and business leaders call on world leaders to end factory farming

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From pollution to the climate crisis and wildlife extinctions. From animal cruelty to human hunger and malnutrition. Take a closer look at almost any global challenge, and you’ll find food propped up by intensive farming methods.

LOOK TO THE STARS: More than 200 prominent individuals have united through an international open letter to call on world leaders at the COP27 climate conference to end factory farming and transform our global food system. The letter – organized by Compassion in World Farming as part of its new End of the Line for Factory Farming global campaign – highlights the urgent need to transform our global food system and calls on world leaders to support and deliver a global agreement on food and farming at the United Nations General Assembly. It is being released on Solutions Day at the conference.

Some 208 people from around the world have signed the letter, including: Hollywood actors Brian Cox, Alan Cumming, Steve Coogan and Eva Green British TV personalities Chris Packham, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Dr. Amir Khan GP, and actors Dame Joanna Lumley, Kate Ford and Peter Egan, Award-winning authors Michael Morpurgo and Barbara Kingsolver;

Religious leaders Bishop John Arnold, Bishop of Salford, Chair of CAFOD and Rabbi David Rosen CBE, International President, The World Conference on Religion and Peace, Eminent experts Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE, Founder, Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace; Frans B. M. de Waal, Ph.D., C. H. Candler Professor Emeritus, Primate Behaviour, Emory University; Peter Singer, AC Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics Princeton University; Carl Safina, Ph.D., President, The Safina Center, Endowed Professor for Nature and Humanity, Stony Brook University, Business leaders Dale Vince OBE, owner of the green electricity company, Ecotricity, and Julian Richer, business owner…

The letter states: “If the global community is to meet the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Climate Agreement targets and the goals of the Convention on Biological Diversity, action must be taken now to end industrial animal farming.

“From pollution to the climate crisis and wildlife extinctions. From animal cruelty to human hunger and malnutrition. Take a closer look at almost any global challenge, and you’ll find food at its core. A system based on overproduction and unhealthy food is propped up by intensive farming methods.

“The livestock sector produces more greenhouse gases than the direct emissions of all the world’s planes, trains and cars combined. Without urgent action, intensive animal agriculture threatens our very survival. We need a food transformation. Our people, animals and planet cannot wait any longer.”

End of the Line for Factory Farming is the new global movement dedicated to ending this cruel and unnecessary practice. Launched this week by Compassion in World Farming with partner NGOs from all over the world, the campaign aims to get a global agreement to end factory farming and transform our global food system so that it benefits people, animals and the planet. New YouGov research released by Compassion this week shows that almost two thirds of people (63%) in 13 countries polled believe factory farming puts profits ahead of climate and environment…

Ben Williamson, U.S. Executive Director, Compassion in World Farming said: ‘Our open letter, released on Solutions Day at COP27, sends a clear message to world leaders highlighting the urgent need for action. It’s quite simple – without ending factory farming and transforming our food system, it will be impossible to meet climate targets’. SOURCE…

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